The days were very nice, but the weather at night was a slight chill at times. I suggest a warm jacket or coat.
Photo Equipment: Make sure you bring film and batteries because you don't want to miss any of the many sights Athens has to offer.
Luggage and bags:
Bags with wheels are necessary for your sanity. A light backpack comes in handy also.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light airty clothes in the summer.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is available in local pharmacies.
Miscellaneous: Stay at the Hotel Atalos. There is none better.
Luggage and bags:
Nothing brings down a trip faster than hauling around too much luggage, and the average kid's luggage-dragging tolerance is very low. Keep it light and everyone will have a better, happier trip.
Choose a soft-sided bag suitable for carry-on. Most airlines in Europe and in Greece allow just one carry-on bag per person. Wheeled bags with pull-out handles may sometimes be refused.
Unsure? Get an expandable bag made out of light foldable fabric - pop in the entire wheeled bag, then take it on as carryon. You can always use the bag later for hauling souvenirs back home.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Begin packing according to this list - it's what you need for spring-summer-fall travel in Greece:
- Bottoms - 1-2 pairs pants 1-2 pairs shorts
- Tops - 1 long-sleeved 3-5 T-shirts or short-sleeved tops 1 light sweater
- Swimwear - 2 pairs bathing trunks or bathing sets
- 3-5 pairs underwear 3-5 pairs socks
- 1 pair good walking shoes, already broken in.
- 1 pair sandals. Rubber-bottomed, strap-on, 'swimmable' types are best to avoid sea anemones and jellyfish. Smaller sizes can be hard to find in Greece - get them at home.
- 1 windbreaker or other light, waterproof jacket, preferably hooded. 1 hat -or, buy it in Greece as a souvenir. 1 small daypack, purse, or fanny pack
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Necessary medications in original bottles, including any items that you might normally buy at a drugstore - cold medicine, sore throat lozenges, and so on - should be in mom or dad's care.
While over-the-counter medications are readily available in Greece, your particular brand may not be, and 'readily available' is not the same as 'instantly available' as we all know!
Toiletries - toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush
Miscellaneous: Have your child wear the bulkiest shoes and jacket as part of the travel outfit. If the child balks at wearing those shoes, make sure that they are comfortable enough to wear on the trip at all.-
Allow one irrational clothing choice per child. Travel can scare kids, and letting them exert some control during the packing process can help them feel that they won't be powerless away from home, either. Tuck in some new small toys in your carry-on - the novelty will keep your child's attention longer than a familiar toy, important on long plane flights. For school-age kids, provide a travel diary - blank pages allow for drawings.
Miscellaneous: Athens heat during the summer months can be extremely oppresive. Take lots of water with you especially up in the Acropolis because there are no shops in there. The only shop is just outside the ticket booth and it's expensive.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure that you have a high factor sun cream with you.
Photo Equipment: Make sure that you have plenty of films with you. You will find yourself taking lots of photos. On my first trip to the city I managed to take about 40 photos within 1 1/2 days!!!
Comfy walking shoes. Lightweight hiking shoes aren't a bad idea. Greece is very mountainous so at higher altitudes and at night it can be chilly, bring something light to wear at night.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A lot of the ruins are very exposed with no shade, so if you are fair-skinned bring sun block.
Photo Equipment: Lightweight tripod and carrying case. There are many photo ops, but you don't want to carry a bunch of heavy gear around because many of the sites require quite a bit of walking to get to.
Miscellaneous: I hadn't remembered this until I read it on someone else's greece page, but make sure you bring sunglasses and a hat. When you are sightseeing, especially the Acropolis the lack of trees really makes for blinding glare. So it's a good idea to bring your shades. Also, you will be doing a lot of walking & short hikes to see monuments-- bottled water is a good idea.
Umbrella is necessary in every month except summer although it's quite unlikely to use it,but have it just in case.In winter apart from jackets,coat and such,bring and lighter clothing as it can be warmer.In summer, light-colored t-shirts,shorts,hat,sunglasses are necessary.Generally wear as few clothes as you can!Also,note that on the Acropolis the ground is slippery so bring the appropriate shoes...
Photo Equipment: Avoid buying films from kiosks.They're generally more expensive.Buy them from photo-shops.
Luggage and bags: (pic)A cafe near to Acropolis. I should have packed a Greek Dictionary before I go, No English, only Greek here in Athens. This is the place I found worst in communications during my Europe trip in 1999.
Athens is HOT for most of the year bring light clothes and plenty of t shirts / shorts. Dress code i s usually informal.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring a roll of toilet paper !
Miscellaneous: You MUST bring a good pair of sunglasses. Light is harsh and UV high.
Luggage and bags:
I stayed 2 weeks and managed to get it all in my carry-on with room left over to bring back souvenirs.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dress for the season. I went in the summer and I did fine by packing t-shirts, short pants, and wearing comfortable shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun block, sun block, sun block.
Photo Equipment: 35mm camera and buy your film at home.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you go to the beach, don't forget the sandals.
You will have to adjust the clothing you take with you depending of the time of the year you visit Athens. In December, January and February it can be cold. Remember that on a warm afternoon during Summer, the temperature can get up to 45?C (113?F). Stay out of the sun as much as you can, especially when your skin is not used to this kind of weather. Visit a museum or have a siesta.
Remember to drink a lot of water. You do not want to become dehydrated. Try to get a sun tan before you visit Athens, if not, protect your skin with a good sun block cream.
Make sure you wear good shoes. You are not on a beach and Athens hardly is flat. Bring bandaids in case you do get blisters.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most of the pharmacists in the centre of Athens understand English as is the case with the staff of the hospitals
Photo Equipment: Make sure you bring enough photo rolls. There is a lot to photograph in Athens. In case you have a digital photo camera, you can send your photo's home so you can empty the cameras memory card. There are quite a few internet cafes where you can do so and some hotels also have internet service.
Miscellaneous: Travel light so you can bring a few nice souvenirs with you.
Luggage and bags:
Backpack or a suitcase.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Something cool like shorts, skirts, T-shirts, strappy tops and trainers, sandals. Things like that and something a bit warmer at night.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual stuff you use, and high factor sun cream, after sun and antiseptic cream.
Photo Equipment: Camera, films and batteries.
Miscellaneous: A walkman.
Before you go, be sure to check out Matt Barrett's unbeatable travel guide at www.athensguide.com.
It's packed with useful information on almost every topic one can think of (sights, restaurants, hotels, excursions, city walks, greek language, music etc.) and some very interesting travelogues and stories that are really fun reading.
It's almost a pity that Matt has published his webguides only about Athens and Greece :-)
When you are going to places like the Acropolis, make sure you have some comfortable shoes with good traction. Not only is it very steep but the steps can be very slippery. And those dogs, when they take off, you can almost get knocked down :)
Take a hat to protect yourself from the sun and light clothes. We were there in September so the weather was warm.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As it is quite warm in Crete, especially during summertime, you should wear loose shoes or sandals. The clothing should be easy and comfortable, and a bikini or shorts is a must! And don't forget the sun lotion....